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in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petreas used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces can come home? >> when you look it at the positions between president obama and mitt romney, is there a lot of daylight in their views of the policy regarding afghanistan? >> frankly, there's not. romney will criticize the president for announcing a firm deadline for 0 withdrawal of u.s. forces. it's long been thought by republicans that doing so would allow the taliban, particularly the taliban that's holed up i
entered the iraq war. one of the reasons that al qaeda strengthened during the last decade was our focus in iraq. so we are happy to have this debate and we'll have it obviously -- >> was this an intelligence failure? >> no. this was an event obviously, a complex event. we're only talking about a matter of weeks here. so as information was arrived at, as determinations were made, that was shared with the american people. and i think again the focus needs to be how do we make sure that our facilities and ambassadors and our personnel are secure going forward. and that's what the focus is on. >> as you know, the chairman of the homeland security committee has called for susan rice to resign. >> she's done an excellent job for this country and this administration. >> ben ghazi is so bad that the fbi can't even go in and investigate. what about the fact that there are military operations to find ambassador stephens' killers? what is america doing to change the trajectory in libya? >> well, i'm not going to speak for the fbi, but i think the key thing here, we live in a dangerous world obviou
forced to flee their own country. most of them to crowded refugee camps in turkey, lebanon and iraq and jordan. ann curry is reporting from there this week and is with us from there again tonight. >> reporter: brian, good evening. it's not just the number of people who have been affected. but how vicious this war has become. the government has the heavy weapons and is using them, but atrocities have been alearned by both sides. the u.n. has reported that even children have been tortured, killed and used as human shields. civil war is turning syria into an unimaginable hell. the fighting is intensifying. the government attacks are more indiscriminate. even small children now know to run. people do what they can to help the injured. while thousands flee the country. desperate to get out of harm's way. refugee camps are filling up. today actor and activist angelina jolie, a special u.n. envoy drew a crush of news cameras as she visited a camp in jordan. she was visibly moved by what she saw. >> it is a horrific situation and very critical time. hundreds and hundreds of people are dying
, iraq and afghanistan, that election was about national security. >> seems they should take advantage of the city being shut down for a couple of days, chuck todd with us. >>> and overseas to the front lines in afghanistan, where the drawdown of u.s. troops is getting a lot of attention, but lately it has been overshadowed by the insider attacks and the toll it has taken on american lives. lester holt is in kandahar where he talked one-on-one with the u.s. and coalition forces. >> reporter: brian, good evening, with the war about to inter the 12th year, questions remain about the taliban resistance. but the man in charge of the war says the strategy for america getting out in the year 2014 is on track. it is quickly becoming put-up time for afghan forces and crunch time for the american commander overseeing the transition. >> reporter: what keeps you up at night on this job? >> the time, the amount of time remaining. >> reporter: time between now and 2014? >> that is correct, we have a lot of work to do. >> reporter: the u.s. and nato forces have trended more than 300,000 troops, taki
are these free loaders? is it the iraq war veteran that goes to the v.a.? a student getting a loan to go to colleges, the retiree on social security or medicare? here's mark mckinnon, it reveals a deeply cynical man who sees the country as completely divided, two completely different sets of people who would likely govern in a way that would only further divide us. these are republican voices. >> well, i don't know, david brooks is a columnist, i don't know if he would call himself a republican or not. but, matt, if you look at the full tape, the governor was asked about winning the election. and he said an election, the president starts with 47%, i start with 47%. i think most political analysts would agree that's pretty much the bottom line for most -- both parties' nominees. and you've got to fight for the 6% of undecided voters. that's political analysis. >> you're talking about numbers there and the comments were more disparaging -- it wasn't just being a numbers game. he made disparaging comments about their lack of responsibility. >> what he said was that -- he was talking about t
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